We just sat down for Acer's Computex press conference in Taipei. Today it's unveiling two x86 Windows 8 tablets: the Iconia W510 and W700. 

The W510 features a 10.1-inch IPS touchscreen and features a keyboard dock similar to the ASUS Transformer series. The keyboard dock can rotate into presentation mode, making it more flexible than conventional docking tablets. Acer claims up to 18 hours of battery life on a single charge. The W510 falls in the ~$400 to $799 price range. The W510 is based on an Intel Clovertrail SoC.

The W700 features an 11.6-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) touchscreen with a tilting cradle:

The W700 is based on ultra low voltage Ivy Bridge silicon, and Acer claims 8 hours of battery life on a single charge. Pricing appears to be in the $799 to $999 range. Acer implied but wasn't clear whether the cradle and keyboard are included in that price.

More on specs and details as we get them.

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  • ssj4Gogeta - Monday, June 4, 2012 - link

    Incompatible in what way? It's the same Atom core and supports the full x86 ISA. Any reason why you think it'll be difficult getting something like Ubuntu running on it?
    Besides I'm sure there'll be a netbook version.
  • Visual - Monday, June 4, 2012 - link

    Lacks a PCI bus for one, not that I completely understand the implications of that. Most probably it is only a show-stopper for Windows, DOS etc. Maybe for Linux distros meant for generic desktop use as well, but I am sure this will be overcome quickly by distros targeting this platform specifically.

    The boot process itself is probably very different, I imagine it has no BIOS compatibility layer at all. So installing a new OS by plugging in a USB DVD drive and booting from it is out of the question.

    It may have a way for "firmware flash" or something, so the OS can be updated/replaced officially, or we'll just need to take out the drive and plug it in another computer to write whatever we want to it.
    There may be a problem if Intel has some sort of signature checks in the boot process though, I've heard mention of something like it...

    But personally, I want a x86 tablet to run normal windows apps, and specifically games, so this is not a device I will care for one bit.
  • ssj4Gogeta - Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - link

    The article now says it has Clovertrail, which is like the netbook version of Medfield, so it'll have PCI.
  • ssj4Gogeta - Monday, June 4, 2012 - link

    It seems the first one with 18 hours battery life will have Medfield Atom, while the second one with 8 hours battery life will have a full fledged ultrabook chip (ULV Ivy Bridge).
  • Mike1111 - Monday, June 4, 2012 - link

    Article got update, W510 with "Intel Clovertrail SoC". That makes sense.
    Now I just need to know what's the price and if the keyboard dock is included (Asus always showed of the Transformer with the dock but it was not included).
  • toytanks - Monday, June 4, 2012 - link

    Always fun when the marketing pics goof up. :-)
  • bob661 - Monday, June 4, 2012 - link

    Any word on if these will have Thunderbolt?

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